Obituaries

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Fr. Paul Burak

Former pastor

Father Paul C. Burak, 74, died Jan. 11. He was the former pastor of St. Michael Parish, Orland Park.

Born in Chicago, he attended Quigley Preparatory Seminary, Niles College Seminary and the University of St. Mary of the Lake/Mundelein Seminary before being ordained in 1972.

He was associate pastor of St. Kilian Parish and in 1981 was appointed pastor of St. Catherine of Genoa. He went on to serve as pastor of Our Lady of the Ridge, Chicago Ridge, and St. Michael, Orland Park. Burak also served as dean at Deanery V-D and V-E and, for a few years, the cardinal’s liaison to the Catholic Charismatic Renewal Movement.

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Deacon Francis Henry

Class of 1992

Deacon Francis P. Henry, 78, died Jan. 10. He was ordained in 1992 and served at Nativity of Our Lord Parish.

He is survived by his siblings Tom Henry, Joan Donay and John Henry and several nieces and nephews.

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Sr. Gloria Rosales

Educator, administrator

School Sister of Notre Dame Gloria (Maria Elvira) Rosales, 96, died Dec. 4 at Resurrection Life Center from COVID-19.

Born in Chicago, she later recalled her mother telling her how she went all day at the 1926 Eucharistic Congress “without a whimper,” even though she was only 2 years old.

She attended Sancta Maria Incoronata School, and every day after class she taught her Mexican-born parents the English she had learned in school.

She professed first vows in 1943 and final vows in 1949.

Sister Gloria served as a primary, kindergarten and early childhood teacher in Wisconsin, Michigan and Illinois, including at St. Ambrose and St. Margaret of Scotland.

She was a school administrator and counselor in Illinois, and she worked in special education at Nipper School in Park Ridge (1973-1978). 

Sister Gloria retired to Marian Village in Homer Glen in 2007 and in 2020 she moved to Resurrection Life Center.

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Sr. Patricia Ostdick

Educator, community leader

School Sister of Notre Dame Patricia (Mary Benedict) Ostdick, 90, died Dec. 6 at Resurrection Life Center after a long struggle with COVID-19.

Born in Elgin, she entered the candidature of Schools Sisters of Notre Dame in Milwaukee in 1947, professing first vows in 1950 and final vows in 1956. She earned a bachelor’s degree in sociology and a master’s of pastoral studies in communication arts.

From 1950 to 1968, she taught primary grades in Illinois and Wisconsin, including at St. Michael, St. Margaret of Scotland and St. Alphonsus Schools in Chicago.

She then taught at the intermediate and secondary levels and served as local leader for her community at St. Michael, Chicago. She taught college in Maryland before returning to Chicago in 1983 and teaching intermediate grades at St. Stanislaus Kostka; St. Domitilla, Hillside; and St. Procopius. 

From 1993 to 2005, Sister Pat served as community leader and patient advocate for elderly sisters at St. Benedict and at St. Joseph’s Home for the Aged.

She retired to St. Pius X, Stickney, in 2001, and to the Academy of Our Lady Convent in 2004. In 2005, she moved to retirement at Marian Village in Homer Glen and in 2011 to Resurrection Life Center.

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Sr. Zita Gilles

Educator, pastoral care provider

School Sister of Notre Dame Zita (Dorothy Clementine) Gilles, 94, died Dec. 11.

Born in Peoria, she entered the community’s juniorate at the Academy of Our Lady in Chicago in 1940. She was received into the novitiate in Milwaukee in 1945, and she took her final vows there in 1952.

Sister Zita then served as a primary teacher in several schools in Wisconsin and Illinois, and as a hospital librarian in Peoria.

In 1984, Sister Zita returned to teaching intermediate grades at St. Columba. Two years later, she became a staff member in the finance department at the Academy of Our Lady, a position she held for 10 years. After two years, she became the director of the department.

In 1996, she began offering pastoral care for the older sisters in the community, first as local leader at St. Stanislaus Kostka Convent, then at Resurrection Life Center, while living in the Foster Avenue community.

From 2002 to 2014, Sister Zita continued to live at Foster Avenue, first during a sabbatical and then in prayer and presence. In 2014, she joined the community at Marian Village in Homer Glen, and in 2017 moved to the Resurrection Life Center, where she died.

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Sr. Catriona MacLeod

Educator

Sinsinawa Dominican Sister Catriona M. K. (Teresa Avila) MacLeod, 89, died Dec. 19 in Hazel Green, Wisconsin.

Born in Lincoln, England, and raised in Scotland, she earned undergraduate and master’s degrees from the University of Andrews.

She made her first profession as a Sinsinawa Dominican in 1959 and her perpetual profession in 1965.

Sister Catriona taught and served in administration at universities and shared her knowledge through seminars and biblical workshops across the globe. She was appointed by Pope Paul VI as a member of the ad hoc Commission on the Role of Women in Church and Society (1973-1975) and as a consultor of the Sacred Congregation for Religious and Secular Institutes (1973-1979).

Sister Catriona served her community as assistant in the novitiate at the motherhouse in Sinsinawa, Wisconsin (1964-1968), while also serving as assistant in the archives preparing and organizing papers for what became the positio for advancing the sainthood cause of Dominican Father Samuel Mazzuchelli. She was elected general councilor for the congregation leadership team (1977-1982).

In the Archdiocese of Chicago, Sister Catriona taught at Rosary College (now Dominican University), River Forest (1955-1957, 1959-1962 and 1978). She served as associate dean for Rosary College Graduate School of Fine Arts, Florence, Italy, 1970-1972.

She is survived by a sister, Johanna Fraser.

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Sr. Peggy Glynn

Educator

Sinsinawa Dominican Sister Margaret “Peggy” (Mary Leon) Glynn, 87, died Dec. 31 in Sinsinawa, Wisconsin.

Born in Minnesota, she made her first profession in 1954 and her perpetual profession in 1958. She was a teacher, principal, director of religious education and pastoral minister in Illinois, Oklahoma, Minnesota, Wisconsin, South Dakota, Wyoming, Alaska and Oregon.

In the Archdiocese of Chicago, she taught at Visitation (1954-1957).

She is survived by three sisters, Elizabeth Kanz, Dominican Sister Mary Liana Glynn and Sharon Oberman; and a brother, Martin Glynn.

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Sr. Elizabeth Toohey

Educator, spiritual director

Sinsinawa Dominican Sister Elizabeth (Julianne) Toohey, 85, died Jan. 3 at her home in Richfield, Minnesota.

Born in Nebraska, she made her first profession as a Sinsinawa Dominican in 1956 and her perpetual profession in 1959. She taught music, was a liturgist and did spiritual direction and formation work in Wisconsin, Illinois and Minnesota, as well as Florence, Italy.

In the Archdiocese of Chicago, Sister Elizabeth taught music and coordinated the music programs at Visitation, St. Basil and St. Richard (1969-1970).

She is survived by a sister, Mary “Margaret” Johnson.

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Sr. Zita Simon

Culinary worker, educator

Sinsinawa Dominican Sister Zita Simon, 75, died Jan. 5 in Sinsinawa, Wisconsin.

Born in Minnesota, she made her first profession as a Sinsinawa Dominican in 1965 and her perpetual profession in 1970. She served in the culinary arts and as an educator, pastoral associate, parish administrator and director of religious education in Wisconsin, Nebraska, Illinois, Oklahoma and Alaska.

In the Archdiocese of Chicago, Sister Zita served as a culinary artist at Queen of Peace Convent, Burbank (1970-1971), and primary education aide at St. Brendan (1971-1977). She taught at St. Sabina (1992-1995).

She is survived by a sister, Bernice Bergstrom, and two brothers, James Simon and Joe Simon.

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Fr. Charles Niehaus

Ministered to Latino community

Jesuit Father Charles “Chuck” W. Niehaus, 75, died Jan. 10 in Clarkston, Michigan.

Born in Cincinnati, he was ordained in 1972 and spent his life in pastoral ministry to the Latino community, including at Holy Family (Roosevelt Road) (1976-1983), St. Ignatius Parish (1992-1995) and St. Procopius (1995-2003, 2012-2013).

Father Niehaus spoke and worked in Spanish without ever having lived in a Spanish-speaking country. During formation, he participated in the “Horizons for Justice” program in which North American Jesuits spent some weeks in Latin America to directly experience situations of social injustice.

He is survived by a brother, William, and sisters Clarissa and Carol.

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